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For the former hockey player, see Duncan MacPherson.
Duncan Macpherson
Needhams Inferno jacket.jpg
Jacket of best-selling Needham's Inferno (Macmillan of Canada, 1966), winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Illustration by Duncan Macpherson.
Born Duncan Ian Macpherson
(1924-09-20)September 20, 1924
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died May 3, 1993(1993-05-03) (aged 68)
Beaverton, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist
Awards CM

Duncan Ian Macpherson, CM (September 20, 1924 in Toronto – May 3, 1993 in Beaverton, Ontario) was a Canadian editorial cartoonist. He drew for the Montreal Standard (starting 1948) and for Maclean's he illustrated the writings of Gregory Clark and Robert Thomas Allen. He is most famous for his work with the Toronto Star; from 1958 until 1993.[citation needed]

Timeline of important events[edit]

  • In 1941 Macpherson dropped out of high school at age of 17 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and serve in World War II. While stationed in England, he began taking art classes, and also studied the cartoons of British cartoonist David Low.[citation needed]
  • He left the army 1946.
  • In 1947 with the death of his father he briefly takes over the family textile business.
  • In 1948 studies at the school of Boston Museum of Fine Art.
  • In 1948 he is working for Montreal Standard.
  • In 1950 he continued his course of study at the Ontario College of Art.[1]
  • In 1958 joins Toronto Star.
  • 1959 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1960 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1962 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • In 1965 exhibits his work at the Art Gallery of Toronto (later named the Art Gallery of Ontario).
  • 1965 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1970 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • 1972 wins National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartooning.
  • In 1980 retires from the Toronto Star for the first time.
  • On April 25, 1993 Macpherson retires from the Star, and dies eight days later.[2]
  • Duncan Macpherson was well known for his ruthless style. Terry Mosher refers to him as the "king of the third wave." One of Macpherson's most celebrated cartoons featured John Diefenbaker as Marie Antoinette saying "Let them eat cake," after Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow project and its 14,000 jobs. Pierre Berton said this cartoon was "the beginning, I think, of the country's disillusionment with the Diefenbaker government...scarcely anybody had taken a crack at Diefenbaker until then."[3]

Awards and honours[edit]

See also[edit]


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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:52:30 -0800

The town of Fort Smith, N.W.T., is mourning the loss of Duncan MacPherson, a.k.a Santa MacClaus, who died last week in Arizona doing what he loved most — working on his sleigh. MacPherson was a fixture in Fort Smith at Christmas time playing Santa, ...

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Aberdeen Press and Journal
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:56:15 -0800

Westhill community councillor Duncan Macpherson revealed he was in the shop just five minutes before the incident took place. He added: “It is an unusual incident to happen and it is troubling in these dark nights for the community. No doubt it will ...
Gisborne Herald
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:06:01 -0800

MOST bowlers are rugby-mad so we are more than happy to make space for the rugby reports. First event of the season was the centre triples. The Terry Gardiner Memorial Trophy was contested by the men, with the Blair Trophy going to the women's winners.

Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:48:17 -0800

Duncan Macpherson blazed a different sort of path as an editorial cartoonist from 1958 to 1993, the same year he died. The late Star columnist Gary Lautens once described Macpherson's acidic pen style as a mix of “Mary Poppins, Mark Twain and Attila ...

Youth Independent News

Youth Independent News
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:45:27 -0800

There is evidence that high level business leaders are psychopaths who are incapable of empathy, so they make the decisions to run a business in unethical ways. Duncan Macpherson from Mail Online reported the following. “Dr Babiak designed a 111-point ...

Harrogate Informer

Harrogate Informer
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:33:45 -0800

The service was led by the Dean of Ripon – John Dobson, and Canon Elizabeth Sewell, in partnership with military Padres Richard Hall and Duncan MacPherson. The schools are members of HMS (Her Majesty's School) Heroes, a pupil-led organisation ...


Tue, 15 May 2012 06:06:10 -0700

Lynda is the mother of Duncan MacPherson, the former No. 1 draft pick of the New York Islanders. Duncan was a rock-hard defenseman, and a great young man who played in Springfield for three years (1986-1989). It was not the first correspondence I have ...


Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:56:15 -0800

A drug dealer who kept tens of thousands of pounds of cocaine and cannabis in his garden shed has been told he will "almost inevitably" be jailed. Duncan MacPherson's home in Larbert, Stirlingshire, was raided by police last year and drugs worth up to ...

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